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A photo of the damaged car posted on July 11 to the Phnom Sruoch district police's Facebook page.

Head-On Crash on Unfinished Expressway Injures Six

The Transport Ministry has “never allowed” anyone to use the under-construction Phnom Penh-Sihanoukville Expressway — but motorists are using it anyway, leading to repeated accidents including a head-on collision on Monday that injured six people.

Traffic congestion in Phnom Penh on September 15, 2020. (VOD)

Road Accidents Decline Amid Less Traffic, Stricter Penalties

The number of traffic accidents dropped 23 percent in the first nine months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to government figures, with an expert suggesting that there had been fewer cars on the road and that stricter penalties were working as a deterrent.

Traffic police stand along National Road 6 in Kampong Thom province on May 13, 2020. (Kampong Thom Provincial Police Headquarters)

‘Very Drunk’ Traffic Police Chief Fired, Not Fined

A police officer has been removed from his position as Kampong Thom traffic police chief after allegedly driving drunk and crashing his vehicle earlier this month, but has not been fined for the apparent traffic violation, a police official said on Monday.

Police fine people for violating traffic laws in early 2018. (Nat Sopheap/VOD)

Traffic Fines, Raised Up to Five Times Higher, to Be Levied Later

The government has raised traffic fines by as much as five times the previous rates in an effort to reduce rising roadway injuries and deaths, but officials said new penalties would not be immediately imposed to give police time to adjust.

Phnom Penh traffic (VOD)

Government Plans to Raise Traffic Fines — for All, Sar Kheng Says

The government has announced plans to slap traffic law violators with higher fines — regardless of drivers’ status — in an effort to limit roadway deaths and damage, but a road safety advocate cautions that fines alone will not prevent accidents.

A traffic accident involving a truck and a van along Road 41 in Kampong Speu province's Baset district on June 11, 2019 is seen in this photograph posted to the Kampong Speu Provincial Police Headquarters' Facebook page.

We’re Failing to Prevent Road Accidents, Sar Kheng Says

Interior Minister Sar Kheng said the government’s campaign to prevent traffic accidents is failing, with the number of accidents and injuries in the first 10 months of this year rising by about a third compared to last year, and deaths up by 10 percent.